tv The Papers BBC News September 5, 2020 11:30pm-11:46pm BST
hello. this is bbc news with me, lukwesa burak. we'll be taking a look at tomorrow morning's papers in a moment. first, the headlines: a warning that the uk is at "a critical moment" in the coronavirus pandemic, as thousands of students prepare to return to universities. tighter coronavirus restrictions for bolton, as the council says the city's infection rate has risen to 99 cases per 100,000 people per week, the highest in england. france confirmed nearly 9,000 cases on friday — 15% more than the previous record,
set in march. a senior figure in the belarussian opposition takes refuge in poland, saying she's been forced to choose betweenjail and exile. 80 arrests are made as borisjohnson condemns the actions of environmental activists who've targeted the media over the reporting of climate change. hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. with me, the political editor of sunday mirror and the sunday people, nigel nelson, and political commentator jo phillips. lovely to see you both. let's just ta ke lovely to see you both. let's just take the viewers through some of those front pages, starting with the
observer. it leads with the contents of a leaked public health england report which suggests covid is now endemic in deprived parts of the country. following the blockade of newspaper printing plants by extinction rebellion today, the sunday telegraph claims the pro—environment group could be treated as an organised crime group by the government as part of a crackdown on its activities. that also leads the sunday times, which tells of a cross—party rebuttal of extinction rebellion‘s latest action, and the resulting political consensus on the need for both freedom of speech and freedom of the press. the mail leads on its interview with the uk's chief brexit negotiator, lord frost, who's told the paper britain "will not blink" ahead of crunch talks next week with his eu conterpart, michel barnier. brexit also making the front of the express, and borisjohnson‘s
warning to the eu that it must be realistic about what brexit means, insisting, "0ur sovereignty is non—negotiable. " and the sunday mirror features harry and meghan‘s deal with netflix. there are suggestions the couple are in talks over a film about princess diana. a quick glimpse at some of those front pages. let us begin our chat, both. nigel, you can kick us off this time around with the front page of the observer, please. what the 0bserver has is a leaked document from public health england, which is saying that, in parts of the northwest, bolton, manchester, 0ldham, northwest, bolton, manchester, 0ld ham, rochdale, northwest, bolton, manchester, 0ldham, rochdale, the epidemic phase of covid has never stopped, it has never left them. we have seen a lot of look—alike towns in those areas, which goes along with that. the argument is that in places of high deprivation, where you've got large
bame communities, that is where covid has actually got its worst group at the moment. and in the sense, that should not be so surprising. bame communities have been the ones seriously affected by covid. when you've got overcrowding, fewer open spaces, multi—generational living, the real common link you've got there it is very difficult to try and control this disease. 10? all of these things are not really surprising, but the question is, what are going to do about it? one of the clear issues, there are two questions. 0ne, issues, there are two questions. one, the document from public health angle and that's been linked to the observer raises the question that the national lockdown at the being of this, in march and april, did not stop the spread of this disease, there is a question mark over whether local lockdowns will have
any impact at all, so there's the question of tracking and tracing but the other big issue is something of... this is a realwake—up the other big issue is something of... this is a real wake—up call around social housing, adequate housing for people so they are not living in overcrowded conditions, that they do, as nigel says, have access to open space, and all those things which would make their health chances much, much better. whether anybody is going to do anything about it, who knows? but if you have got chunks of the population and towns and cities like bolton, manchester, 0ldham and rochdale who are constantly at the moment dealing with coronavirus, the impact on those communities is huge. nigel, we're going to turn to the front page of the mail on sunday, the headline, this time, we won't blink. please remind us what we planed over first time around. it's brexit!
brexit is actually back on the front pages again! this is an interview with david frost, our chief negotiator on brexit, and he takes a swipe at theresa may, and this is the linking bit, that he is accusing theresa may of blinking, of not standing up to europe. we are not quoted on the same route, if —— afairly —— a fairly bearish interview. we are no nearer sorting out fishing rights, level playing field rules, state support for businesses, and also that even more ticklish issue of who is going to police all this if ever we are going to get a deal. and obviously but we don't want is the european court. it is looking increasingly like we going to go without a deal on wto rules, so let's brace ourselves for 10%
ta riffs let's brace ourselves for 10% tariffs on cars, meat, cheese, milk going up by 30%. that's the kind of thing we now face. does not sound too good, does it, jo? thing we now face. does not sound too good, does it, 10? it does not. these are crunch talks. it is a phrase used over and over muh but michel barnier, this is the eighth and final phase of the talks will we are just weeks away from coming out, and we heard only earlier this week that the germans are basically throwing their hands in the air and say nobody is making much effort on the british side. what this interview with lord frost says, we are going to stand firm, and it's all down to europe, who is refusing to recognise our desire for complete sovereignty and to do it on our own terms, but it seems there is very little chance of any breakthrough in this stalemate. and as nigel says,
there has been all this time that very little progress has been made, and you do if you ask the question given that never completely and utterly and understand we focused the minds every single government around the world, it would have been quite sensible to say, ok, we are not going back on the extension from an —— extension promised boris and made. let's spend another year, in other words, extended by default, to try and work out these issues, these very tangible issues that are going to have a huge effect on all of us. nigel, let'sjust turn to have a huge effect on all of us. nigel, let's just turn to the front page of the sunday telegraph. what do you make of extinction rebellion being referred to as having extreme ideologies and not your normal protest group, which looks like you get them into big trouble? what the telegraph is talking about the
government considering whether to turn them into inverness crime group, effectively prescribing... one of the ways they run their wit campaign is peculiar, and as the culture secretary said, to try and get into the news by then stopping the news getting out is a rather bizarre way of putting your case across, and you've seen them blockading westminster, stopping ambulances getting through. what is not quite get is why they want to antagonize people. they have got a perfectly reasonable cause, which is that we are not taking climate change seriously, but the way they are going about it actually diminishes that cause and loses support for it. 10? yeah, i agree with that, and there always questions about these sort of protests, whether they have been
infiltrated by the hard left or the ha rd infiltrated by the hard left or the hard right, or the infiltrated by the hard left or the hard right, orthe hard something infiltrated by the hard left or the hard right, or the hard something or other, in this sense that, actually, people are concerned about climate change have got one argument but there is this sort of hard—core group who actually want to stop the papers being published, bring london and other cities to a standstill, it is very difficult because, as you alluded to in the introduction, it is the balance between the right to protest, which is free speech, but also a free press. and to share those points of view. and i am not sure that extinction rebellion, however much people may support the aims and supports about climate change, i'm not sure these stunts actually work, particular at the moment when we are supposed to be social distancing and we are supposed to be being a little bit more sensible. i think most of the arrests have been about an unlawful gathering because of the coronavirus
bylaws, but the government is again new powers, which would make them in organised crime group, but also wouldn't enhance the police powers to protect places like a newspaper publishing dissipation centre. in the mechanics of our establishment, if you like, and it keeps things going. nigel, front page of the sunday mirror is talking about the possibility of a new documentary on harry and prince william's mum. we have had these the documentaries, haven't week which alone we have, but we have never had one that prince william and prince harry would have been intimately involved in. obviously, you've got to get william on board, and william and harry have not been getting on well.
but this is part of the netflix deal harry and meghan have done. what they are talking about is a suggestion they make about their mother, which could be absolute fascinating, seen through their eyes, and certainly it is going to be an awful lot better than the other netflix project plan, a very bad taste musical about princess diana. i would bad taste musical about princess diana. iwould much bad taste musical about princess diana. i would much rather see something with a cooperation of harry and william. 10, is there something you would watch?|j harry and william. 10, is there something you would watch? i must say that i would not be rushing home to switch the television on to watch it. i have a feeling we have been down that route so feeling we have been down that route so many times. yes, there is a different angle, i suppose, from william and henry muh through their eyes as her sons, but i am getting a sort of weary of the harry and meghan constant publicity stunts. and you do have to sort of ask
about, what are they getting out of it? they are getting a hold of money from netflix, but i'm naturally exactly doing the royal family a lot of good. to me, at the sound of... it does sound vulgar. you do wonder exactly what they bring to it other than they could introduce a programme, and just the royal moniker would increase the viewers and the people who like that sort of thing, but if you're going to make a documentary, i suppose you might as will get it from the kids who were there. also, i suppose, there is a question of, they have to earn the money. they are not getting it from the british hectares any more —— british taxpayers. they have got this fantastic mention, wherever they are, and they are spending money on frogmore cottage. we are
going to talk quickly about schooling. talking about twitchy fingers and how it is affecting kids in the classroom. the serious point and this is there not focused and is going take a while for them to make that switch back. absently. one of the problems is, is any parent knows and certainly teachers know as well, if you get the children coming back, it takes them a little odd to settle down —— absolutely. most children have been offer six months. they are not used to the routine. they are not used to the routine. they are not you sticking up early, not used to the rigmarole... and they are not used to the new rules on social distancing. the twitchy fingers perversity fact many of them have been spending lockdown playing on their games consuls and they cannot do without them —— the twitchy figures refers to the fact. teachers have ta ken to figures refers to the fact. teachers have taken to getting outside for a quick walk. nigel, what do you think? it would be nice to pick up
some of those books behind you! laughter they look real. on the positive side of this, imagine if we had got into lockdown when there was no technology around and kids were stuck indoors 2a hours a day. the one thing about playing their games one thing about playing their games on their consuls is they have been able to keep in touch with their friends. and also home—schooling will have been much more difficult if you had not had this technology. ijust if you had not had this technology. i just threw if you had not had this technology. ijust threw mine in the been! the kids one! thank you very much. what a relief it was. jo and nigel, thank you so much, and enjoy the rest of your weekend, and to you as well for joining us here on bbc news. stay with us. coming up next is the film review. cheerio!